Job availability in Japan remains high amid labor crunch

Business / Economy Oct 31, 2017

Job availability in Japan remains high amid labor crunch

Companies continued to face a severe labor shortage in September, with job availability remaining at historic highs, government data showed Tuesday. The job-to-applicant ratio stood at 1.52, unchanged from August, meaning that 152 positions were available for every 100 job seekers. It remained at the ...

Business / Economy Nov 29, 2016

Household spending continues to tumble

The nation's household spending fell for the eighth straight month and the jobless rate remained flat in October, posing persistent challenges for the government's efforts to spur growth momentum in the economy, government data showed Tuesday. Household spending, a key indicator of private consumption, dropped ...

Business / Economy Mar 1, 2016

Unemployment rate fell to 3.2% in January

Japan's unemployment rate in January registered its lowest level in three months, falling to 3.2 percent from 3.3 percent the previous month and reflecting a continuation of the tight labor market, the government said Tuesday. Separate data showed the country's job availability improved to 1.28 ...

Business / Economy Mar 28, 2014

Japan's jobless rate drops to 3.6%, lowest since July 2007

The unemployment rate improved to 3.6 percent in February from 3.7 percent the previous month, government data showed Friday, indicating that the expansion in corporate profits has prompted companies to hire more workers on the back of the nascent economic recovery. The figure is the ...

Business / Economy Jan 31, 2014

Deflation nearing end, 2013 data show

Economic data for 2013 show signs that Japan is moving a step closer to beating prolonged deflation, with consumer prices rising for the first time in five years while the employment situation also improved.